The Walk

 

A summary of what and why –  here’s the full story.

 

Hello! I’m Zoe, and this is Falco. In May 2022 we’re setting off to walk from my home city of Oxford to Loch Lomond in Scotland, where the woman who created the Stop Ecocide campaign, Polly Higgins QC, grew up. We (well, me mostly) are crowdfunding for our costs.

Polly had a vision to advance a law to protect the Earth – an amendment to the Rome Statute to include ecocide (“killing the environment”) alongside crimes like genocide. If it passed, this law would protect ecosystems anywhere in the world from large scale damage or destruction. It would be a steer for business, industry and government funding away from what destroys the living world, and towards what restores and protects it.

Since then, the concept of an ecocide law has gained support and interest from individuals and organisations all over the world, from Pope Francis to Greta Thunberg. In November this year a panel of top international lawyers began the process of drafting a legal definition of ecocide.

On our Walk for Earth, Falco and I will raise funds for Stop Ecocide while also helping to raise awareness about ecocide law and some the ideas that spin off from it, through conversations along the route. If all goes well, we’ll be making a few stops at schools and local groups along the way.

Through Walk for Earth’s textile project ‘Interwoven’ I’m inviting collaboration with weavers, spinners and plant-dyers (and in some cases the local groups they work with) along our route, to create a woven textile piece. It’ll be a way for people to express what they care about in the living world where they are. The finished piece is intended to be a gift of recognition to Vanuatu, in the South Pacific Ocean. They took an international lead in December 2021 by proposing serious consideration of ecocide law at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

I’m also inviting anyone, anywhere to join in Walk for Earth and raise their voice in support of ecocide law by doing their own walk wherever they’re based. That includes you! Check out ‘How to Join Walk for Earth’ for guidance.

I’ve wanted to do this walk for years; you can read about the journey to get to this point in my post ‘Walk for Earth – the first steps’. Falco is a fairly recent arrival; he’s been changing my life while looking nonchalant since November 2019.

I couldn’t have got this far without the valiant and consistent support of mule (and horse) aficionados Sari Maydew and Ben Moxon and equine trainer Ellen Cochrane, as well as donkey-travel writers Adam Lee and Hannah Engelkampf, who generously opened the door to their worlds, and kept it ajar when I needed them. Many other people have also helped with their generosity and time, and you can read about them in my posts. The Stop Ecocide team in Stroud rallied around what was more of a hope than a reality back in January 2020, and gave it wings. Thank you also to the people who welcomed me to their field and gave Falco a home in the city of dreaming spires.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog, and I’d really appreciate you supporting my crowdfunder if you can. There are also quick and easy ways to support the Stop Ecocide campaign, like becoming an Earth Protector yourself.

Thank you from Falco and me – and who knows, maybe we’ll see you out there!